2 x 2 Solos

August 4 – 27, 2016

Luca Antonucci (Artist) x Sarah Burke (Curator)

Sahar Khoury (Artist) x Tomiko Jones (Curator)

2 x 2 Solos is a series of exhibitions featuring new work from four accomplished emerging Bay Area artists. The program recognizes artistic excellence and supports the freedom to create challenging and noncommercial work.

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Opening Reception
Thursday,  August 4, 2016 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

In “The Custodian,” Luca Antonucci explores issues of authenticity and authorship of art. Starting from an obsession with art forgeries and their implications, Antonucci focused on the practice of art conservation for the work in his installation. The conservator is tasked with the impossible challenge of making an artwork last indefinitely but who inevitably alters the work in an attempt at preservation. Apt for a seasoned publisher, the core of Antonucci’s site-specific installation takes book form — one that cleverly employs ambiguity to frame a collection of found images that muddle the definition of art. Antonucci’s installation also challenges traditional display practices: while it is conventional to hang 2D work on a wall with a 60’’ center, said wall is traditionally facing the viewer.

Sahar Khoury’s installation “ZOO” aesthetically examines security bars. Traditionally designed to protect and provide safety from the possible intrusion of others, Khoury’s sculptural take on security bars suggest a new kind of urban landscape. Like much architecturally-informed sculpture, her pieces deconstruct (literally) the functional and practical parts of their referents. Her installation also features carnivorous plants.

Bios

Luca Antonucci is an artist, curator, and publisher who lives and works in San Francisco. He is co-founder of the collaborative publishing practice, Colpa Press, and a resident artist at Basement. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and has exhibited internationally in Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles.

LucaAntonucci.com

Sarah Burke is a Bay Area curator and art critic who serves as the Managing Editor at the East Bay Express, an alt-weekly newspaper. She has a degree in Rhetoric from the University of California Berkeley where she focused on critical theory and new media. Her arts writing has garnered several awards, including a national first place prize for arts criticism from the Association for Alternative Newsmedia.

Sahar Khoury is an artist based in Oakland, California. She works mostly with found or rejected materials to produce painterly sculptures. Her constructions are made of a combination of paper-maché, paint, textile, concrete, ceramic, inkjet prints and silkscreened materials. She received her BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 and her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2013. She worked as an ethnographer at the Cesar Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University from 2002-2015. Her research focused on the structural vulnerability of Latino migrant day laborers in the Bay Area. She currently teaches sculpture at UC Berkeley and San Francisco Art Institute.

www.Sahar-khoury.com

Tomiko Jones is a visiting artist and curator-in- residence at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Jones was born in Los Angeles, and received her MFA in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona. She is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Photography Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado.

 

*Major funding for this program is provided by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the Clorox Company Foundation, the W & F Hewlett Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.